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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rav Ovadia and the Dove




A white dove entered the Beit Midrash of Rav Ovadia at 10:00 AM on Erev Rosh Hashana, and landed on Rav Ovadia's Shtender. People tried chasing it away unsuccessfully. Eventually, one learner in the Beit Midrash took the dove and let it go out the window. To everyone's amazement, the dove returned to the same place it was originally - to Rav Ovadia's Shtender, as if it were waiting for him alone. This even happened again - someone took it out, and the dove returned to that exact same spot. It was there until a few minutes before Minha, when Rav Ovadia came to the Beit Midrash, and went to his place. He gently and very mercifully held the dove, caressed it, looked straight at it, and said the following words:

יונה מה תהגי ומה תהמי. נדרך שלמי יען כי אני ה'. וישלח את היונה ולא יספה שוב אליו עוד. עשית שליחותך לכי לשלום אמן כן יהי רצון

With that, the dove flew out the window, and never returned.

The words said to the dove come from an ancient poem of R' Yehuda Halevi and from Parshat No'ah.

Rav Ovadia explained afterwards that these types of occurrances deal with the Neshamot of Tzadikim, who go down to our world to give us a message.

Update adds some interesting information by telling us that the Zohar relates a story involving R' Shimon Bar Yohai where he too receives a message from a dove.
He also mentions that the sending away of the dove by No'ah was also done close to Rosh Hashana.


At Wed Sep 27, 11:34:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggest you validate this story. Is there anybody with a real name of testifies that it happened? I am prepared to help you and go to him, and check other witnesses. Must be easy. There were many witnesses, the story says. For the time being, I do not believe a word of it.

At Thu Sep 28, 02:59:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adherence to the truth is not the strongest Midah among the worshippers of Rav Ovadia.

At Thu Sep 28, 09:43:00 AM 2006, Blogger yaak said...

Anonymous #1,
It was on a Haredi news site - not just some blog - which usually means that it was validated, I would hope. If you want to validate it, Bechavod. Meanwhile, I'm believing it until proven otherwise.

Anonymous #2,
I was going to leave a nasty comment, but thought better of it during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva. Please remember what part of the year we are in before commenting. Thanks.

At Thu Sep 28, 06:11:00 PM 2006, Blogger yaak said...

It is also posted on Shas's website here.

At Fri Sep 29, 04:33:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon1, it was also posted at a major news site in Israel, by a reporter that to say the least is doesn't respect Maran. I would've linked there, but since he made s sarcastic remark there, I would not. It's in NFC if you would like to see for yourself.

Mind you, that I have heard FIRST SOURCE stories about Maran, that proves without any doubt how righteous he is in the eyes of Hashem.

May we all have a Chatima Tova.


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